Bohemia Gallery looking for buyer

The owners of Bohemia Gallery & Framing on A Street are moving on, but they hope a new owner will step forward to keep the gallery alive in a part of Ashland known for its art scene.

A Street and nearby Fourth Street in the historic Railroad District host a cluster of galleries.

Bohemia owners Nicole Hurley, Inger Jorgensen and Michael Kerr are moving on to new things.

Jorgensen said the four-year-old gallery did well financially in its first two-and-a-half years, but then the economic recession took a toll on sales. She said she believes the gallery can do well again if a new owner has money to get through the winter and boost advertising. The business also has potential to expand as an online gallery.

"It's a gold mine if the person got to the other side of this economic crisis," Jorgensen said.

The owners put the value of the business at $135,000, but are selling it for $39,000 through Gateway Real Estate, she said.

The price includes the equipment for the framing service side of the business, furniture, access to the gallery's artists, the business' name and a mailing list of almost 2,500 people, Jorgensen said.

It does not include the building, which is owned by John Davis, owner of Davis & Cline Gallery at the corner of A and Fourth streets.

Jorgensen said she paid $1,500 monthly to lease the space, which includes the gallery area, back room storage, a kitchen and a bathroom. A buyer would have to negotiate lease terms with Davis.

Davis said whatever happens to the space at 552 A St., he is committed to keeping it as a gallery.

"I think there's money to be made down the road. I think things are moving forward," he said. "Ideally, another tenant will buy Bohemia and keep it on.

"There's active interest in buying Bohemia. It looks hopeful. It's important for me to have that as an art gallery."

In the past, Davis leased the space out as an antique quilt shop, and also used the space himself so that he could operate the Davis & Cline Gallery out of two sites. However, he said it was too hard for him to operate the two spaces, which are across the street from each other.

"I would lock one door and go back and forth. It was difficult to run two spaces and go back and forth across the street," he said.

If a buyer doesn't emerge for the Bohemia business, Cline said he could use the site again himself, running it as a frame shop and as a gallery for the artists he represents. He said he believes the framing service would pay the bills, and art sales would generate the profits.

Since the economic downturn, Davis said sales are down 40 percent at Davis and Cline Gallery, but the gallery remains profitable.

He said the $39,000 price for Bohemia represents a great deal for any buyer.

"I think it's ridiculously cheap," he said. "That price buys the value of all the equipment, and you get the benefit of all the good will for free."

Jorgensen said she will open Bohemia's financial records to any buyer, and is willing to train the person. She said she would consider helping with the business as a consultant or employee.

Staff writer Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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